SCHOOLnotes BY sue kiesewetter
No cost-of-liviNg adjustmeNt for teachers For the first time in recent memory Mason teachers will start out the school year without a cost-of-living increase. The Mason Education Association and the board of education agreed to a new contract that includes a zero cost-of-living increase for the first year of the 3-year contract. It includes a 2.5 percent increase for the
2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. In addition, teachers agreed to join the high deductible HSA health care plan, a move expected to cut health care costs by $4 million over the life of the contract. “The district’s financial position hampers out ability to recognize the real value provided by our excellent teaching staff and to reward our dedicated teachers,’’ says Superintendent Kevin Bright.
For The Fridge MAson schools
augusT 3 Cheer camp begins for middle and high school students, 8 a.m.; Touchdown Club/parent meeting, 7 p.m., intermediate #56
10 Boys/girls soccer tryouts begin, 7:30 a.m., middle school; high school volleyball tryouts begin, 8 a.m.; middle school girls tennis tryouts begin, 9 a.m. to noon; eighth grade schedule pickup & pictures, 11:30 a.m.; high school tennis tryouts begins, 2-5 p.m., middle school 11 Seventh grade schedule pick-ups & pictures, 11:30 a.m., middle school; school board 7 p.m., Harvard Room, high school;
13 Fall sports parent meeting & meet the teams, 6:30 p.m., high school; intermediate school Achievers Team open house, 6:30 p.m.; middle school sports photos, 10:30 a.m. 18 Kindergarten parent meeting, 6 p.m., high school; intermediate school Blizzard/Meibers, open house, 6 p.m.
19 Intermediate school Character Team open house, 5 p.m. followed by Imagination Team open house, 6 p.m. and Minner/Vanover, All Stars, Aspire at 6:30 p.m. and Anderson/Smith, Morrow/Rivers and Success teams, 7 p.m.
20 Mason Heights & Western Row, visit the building 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Western Row open house for Beck/ Gallite/O’Connell/Mendenhall/ Szczesny/Suit/Wallace, 6 p.m., followed by Vennemeyer/Swift/Slusser/Vome/ Sodano at 7 p.m.; ice cream social for all students new to district, 7 p.m., Western Row; Mason Heights new student orientation, 7 p.m. 24 Afternoon/evening open houses at intermediate & Western Row, call for teacher/team times
25 School board, 7 p.m., high school Harvard Room; high school new student hour-long orientations, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., building open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for other students; Western Row, & intermediate, open houses beginning at 4:30 p.m.
26 Mason Heights open house for DiPenti/Jones, 5:30 p.m.; middle school sports photos, 9 a.m.; intermediate school open houses.
27 First day of school for students
sepTember 8 School board, 7 p.m., high school Harvard Room
17 Middle school early release, 1:30 p.m.
studeNts walk iN memory of pareNt Mason Intermediate School sent two teams to the Second Annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk-a-Thon. They walked in memory of Keith Combs, a parent who died a year ago of stomach cancer. Fourth graders in Laurie Butts and Becky Roussos class made up one team. The second team included fifth graders on Team Achievers. Last year, Grace Combs was a student on the Butts/Roussos team who organized both last year’s walk and this year’s. The 100 students walked an average of three miles in one hour, raising more than $2,000 for the foundation.
fourth graders saviNg lives An end of the year blood drive at Mason Intermediate School could save the lives of 174 individuals. The fourth grade team of Emily Kirk and Christine Work teamed with the Hoxworth Blood Center to organize the drive that drew 64 blood donors to the school in early June. It was held in honor of middle school students Joel brown and Liz Lothrop. Hoxworth spokeswoman Alecia Lipton said the drive netted 58 products: 49 units of whole blood, one unit of double red, four units of platelets and four units of plasma. “The blood drive was so much fun,’’ Kirk said. “We would love to do this again.”
masoN tops iN pasta for peNNies Once again Mason High School ranks among the top fundraisers in Ohio and the nation in the annual Pasta for Pennies fundraiser sponsored by The Oliver Garden restaurants.